Smug Utility Vehicle: 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography revealed

Published: 28 November 2017

► The most luxurious Rangie of the lot
► On show at the 2017 LA motor show
► Reclining rear seats, powered rear doors

This is the most luxurious modern Range Rover money can buy: the brand new 2018 SVAutobiography model.

Quite a lot of money, in fact – it starts at £167,850.

What is the Range Rover SVAutobiography?

This isn’t the first SVAutobiography model – the model line was originally introduced in 2015, replacing the Autobiography Black as the plumpest full-fat Rangie in the Range Rover, erm, range. SVA models are hand-finished by Jaguar’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) department. Confused yet?

Range Rover SVAutobiography

In short, the SVA version of the Range Rover is billed as the pinnacle of the line-up in terms of craftsmanship, technology and luxury. It’s available in long-wheelbase form only, for maximum rear-seat passenger room.

You can read CAR’s review of the 2017 SVAutobiography Dynamic here.

What’s new for 2018?

Power-closing rear doors and ‘Executive Class’ rear seats are positioned in front of more than 1.2m worth of leg room when they’re slid all the way back, and feature a 40-degree recline function – along with heated calf and foot rests and a ‘hot stone massage’ function. The right-hand seat can fold down to load long items.

Between the rear seats there’s a hidden fridge, handily capable of holding two wine bottles.

The centre console extends the full length of the cabin, while the back of the front seats include integrated motorised tables and 10-inch touchscreen entertainment screens. A 4G wi-fi connection also features.

The new Range Rover SVA has been unveiled on the eve of the 2017 LA motor show, where it will make its public debut.

What’s under the bonnet?

A choice of engines, including:

  • 557bhp supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 – from £177,030
  • 334bhp turbodiesel 4.4-litre V8 – from £167,850
  • 400bhp 2.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain (EV range c. 31 miles) – from £168,015

Orders open from 29 November 2017.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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